A Catholic Mass has a particular format and specific requirements for music.
I hope you find the following outline useful.
Preludes: Music as guests arrive
Processional: Two or three pieces as the parents, bridal party and the bride enter
Words of Welcome
Old Testament Reading
Responsorial Psalm: This may be sung or read. It must be from the book of Psalms and have a recurring refrain.
New Testament Reading
Gospel Acclamation: This is an alleluia, usually the “Celtic Alleluia,” since it’s widely known.
This music is changed for Lent and Advent. If you don’t have a cantor then it may be said.
Reading of the Gospel
Sacrament of Marriage: Vows and Rings
Prayer of the Faithful
Presentation of Gifts: Music while the gifts are brought forward and the Priest prepares for Communion
Parts of the Mass: Often the Mass of Creation
Communion: Music while the congregation participates in Communion
Meditation: Music as Communion continues or while the Priest cleans up the alter
Closing Words and Presentation of the newly married couple
Recessional: Music for the couple and the bridal party to leave
Postludes: Music as guests exit the church
Music in a Catholic church needs to be sacred. This means it must be liturgical or at least classical.
Pop tunes and Broadway loves songs will most likely not be allowed.
For a list of possible selections please click here: Ceremony Music Selections
I can cover a Catholic Mass on my own (harp and voice) or I’m happy to work with other musicians (organ, voice, etc). Please check with your church to see if they require you to use their musicians. If you wish to not have vocals for a Mass it is possible, but takes some adjustments.